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Dr. Whitney Chappell Publishes New Volume on Spanish Perception

January 30, 2020

Dr. Whitney Chappell, Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has published a new edited volume called Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception with John Benjamins Publishing Company.


What is it about?

This book provides a cutting-edge exploration of the social meaning of phonetic variation in the Spanish-speaking world. Its 11 chapters elucidate the ways in which listeners process, perceive, and propagate phonetically motivated social meaning across monolingual and contact varieties, including the Spanish spoken in Spain (Asturias, Catalonia, and Andalusia), Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and the United States. The book presents a wide variety of new and innovative research by renowned scholars, and the chapters examine issues like the influence of visual cues, bilingualism, contact, geographic mobility, and phonotactic predictability on social and linguistic perception. Additionally, the volume engages in timely discussions of intersectionality, replicability, and the future of the field. As the first unified reference on Spanish sociophonetic perception, this volume will be useful in graduate and undergraduate classrooms, in libraries, and on the bookshelf of any scholar interested in Spanish sociophonetics.


Dr. Manuel Díaz-Campos (Indiana University, Bloomington) has called the volume “…an outstanding and timely crafted volume… A must-read book for students and scholars of language, variation, and change.”

Dr. Scott Schwenter (The Ohio State University) writes, “Chappell has done a phenomenal job in bringing together some of the brightest minds in Hispanic linguistics to contribute groundbreaking case studies to this volume. In the process, she has created an essential point of departure for all future research on Spanish sociophonetics.”


The entire volume is available to students and faculty for free through the UTSA Library.  

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